By Noel Whelan

12th Nov, 2022 | 12:00pm

Tottenham tipped to sign 'world-class' Hugo Lloris replacement after latest - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Tottenham could be forced to sign a downgrade on ageing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris if they can’t qualify for the Champions League this term.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted finishing outside the top four would scupper Spurs’ chances of signing another “world-class” shot-stopper in the summer of 2023.

According to TEAMtalk (8 November), manager Antonio Conte has decided to dispense with Lloris at the end of the season and is stepping up plans to replace the 35-year-old.

Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak are among the highest-profile names to be linked with Spurs in recent months.

Lloris, who has a contract at Tottenham until June 2024, has been the subject of criticism from former England defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher – who claimed he is “not at the level” Conte requires.

Tottenham sit fourth in the Premier League after winning just one of their last four top-flight games.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “When you’re talking about going for these A-list players, it’s very hard to do that if you’re not in the Champions League.

“Conte will be very aware that if he can’t deliver that football, he’ll be looking at a B-list replacement for Lloris.

“It’ll be very hard to get a world-class goalkeeper like Oblak or Ter Stegen if you’re not playing in the top competition.

“It’s as simple as that.

“I think Tottenham will be fully aware of where they need to finish if they’re to entice and convince the calibre of player Conte wants.

“If they’re not there, then that scuppers the chance of getting a world-class keeper in to replace a world-class keeper who is already leaving the club.”

In other news, Football Insider updates as Tottenham open talks over big-money Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg deal.